Friday, 19 January 2018

Fun castle gift box

The new Myths and Magic DSP is such fun. With wizards and unicorns, mermaids and dragons you will adore this fun paper. I used mine to create this fun Castle theme gift box, complete with dealing knights and fire breathing dragons.

This idea can be adapted to any box really as what we have done is created a facade... a fake front to our box making it into a castle. I would however suggest using a box with some height and equal sized sides.
I created a very basic 3 x 3 x 3" sized bow with a lid then crated four castle shaped panels, each had hand drawn walls. I then simply fussy cut some of the cute images from the myths and magic DSP and mounted them on mini dimentionals... Super easy and quick to make and the box I used is a great size for sweet treats as a party favour or birthday gift.

If you fancy giving this project a try I have a full step by step tutorial for you to follow. measurements and products used are listed below. So grab a brew get comfy and enjoy the video.

Happy Stamping xxx Amanda



Box:- cut card to 8 15/16th x 8 15/16" score on all four sides at 3"
Lid:- cut card to 5 x 5" score on all four sides at 1"
form box as per instructional Youtube video
Castle was cut four pieces 2 7/8 x 3 1/2" 

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Thursday, 18 January 2018

Exploding paper handbag gift

Todays project is an exploding paper handbag. A fantastic concept I found on youtube and just had to try. The lady I saw create this is known as scrapbooking with me.

The finished item is quite a good size and very sturdy due to the folding. Its incredibly difficult to show the process on a blog and so further down you will find a link to my full YouTube tutorial which I strongly advise watching.

I used the new painted with love DSP choosing this pretty small hearts design and paired it up with co-ordination powder pink card stock.

The stamp set I used for the small embellishment was Perennial Birthday and I sneaked the sentiment from Happy wishes the fantastic double boxed Sale-A-Bration set.

The bag is created from one sheet of 12 x 12 scored to all fold together to create the bag base needing no glue to keep it together. You end up with a triangular shaped bag.

Added to this is a simple flap which closes with velcro and a handle created from the same DSP and card. The bag then opens to reveal a simple card attached to the interior base, you can also add some goodies there would be room.

So if you would like to recreate this project yourself here is my YouTube tutorial . I have also added a link in the description box to the video i followed along to. I would suggest checking the ladies channel our as she's an amazing crafter and well worth watching ... so grab a brew, get comfy and enjoy the film .

Happy stamping xxx Amanda



Bag is one sheet of 12 x 12 scored at 4" and 8" rotate and score same again.
Flap is 4 x 4" scored at 1 and 2"
Handle is 1" x 12" coloured card layered with 3/4 x 12" DSP, score at each end at 1 1/2"

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Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Love theme card for Inspire Create Challenges

Im here again with another luuuurve themed card. I did pre warn you all I am a hopeless romantic. Todays card was created for the Inspire create challenge blog run by the lovely Hannah McCurley.

I don't need much excuse to do love theme or lets face it to use this is pure self indulgence. A simple card made good by several layers. Whisper white and Blushing bride are layered to give depth and strength to the card base.

I carefully added a faux stitched edge to my layers and my heart shapes using a white gel pen and blushing bride Stampin' Up! marker. The hearts were cut using the sweet and sassy thinlits ...what a fab name ! I sponged the hearts then arranged them on the layered card front finishing them with some adhesive pearls.

My sentiment comes from the petal palette stamp set, I did cut off the word you at the end as I wanted to have this as an extra word using the Celebrate you thinlits. This I cut from dazzling diamonds glimmer paper and mounted with mini dimentionals.

My card base starts with an a4 sheet cut in half at approx 4 1/8" and each layer is 1/4" smaller than the pervious. Super simple to copy and one can never have too many love themed cards as we approach Valentines... If you end up with a whole bunch, as I will, you can use them as birthday cards or give one to your UPS driver each time he delivers your Stampin' Up! order ..... hey what a great idea I had best rustle up some more !

Hope you give the card a try and don't forget to check out the other bloggers in the challenge this week and see what they created for their luuuuurve theme card.

happy stamping xxx Amanda

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Monday, 15 January 2018

scrimpingmommy vlog lets talk Starter kits

Today on my Youtube I have a video which is more of a blog than a project video. Today I am talking about the fantastic joining offer Stampin' Up! currently have which lasts until March 31st.

The Starter kit is always the best value for money when shopping Stampin' Up!. As my blog details ...Stampin' Up! is more than just paper stamps and ink it a fantastic thing to be part of.

For further details grab a brew, get comfy and watch the film. If you are considering joining Stampin' Up!mI would love to have you join my team so contact me at your convenience either by email at or telephone me for a chat on 07921948013....

Happy stamping xxxx Amanda